Overview

  • Between 2013/14 and 2018/19, the majority (50%) of small charities consistently reported an increase in demand for services.
  • In 2017/18, small charities a majority of small charities (85%) reported anticipating an increase in demand over the next 12 months.
  • For the charities that expected demand for their services to increase, the majority (61%) did not feel sufficiently resourced to meet this demand.

How do small charities perceived demand for their services?

  • Between 2013/14 and 2018/19, over 50% of small charities consistently reported an increase in demand for services.
  • In this time, there has been some fluctuation in the proportion of small charities reporting greater increases or no change in demand; with a move in the last three years towards greater stability.

How do small charities anticipate demand for their services?

  • In 2017/18, the majority of small charities (85%) reported that they expected demand to continue to increase over the next 12 months.
  • They were more likely to be expecting an increase in demand for their services than in previous years.
  • Similarly, a majority of small charities reported that demand for their services had increased over the past 12 months in 2015, 2016 and 2017/18 respectively.

How well resourced do charities feel to meet demand?

  • In 2017/18, for those charities who expected demand for their services to increase in the next 12 months (85%), just under a fifth (17%) felt able to respond to this demand increase.
  • The majority (61%) of small charities did not feel sufficiently resourced to meet this demand.
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Further reading

Localgiving 2015-2017/18 Local Charity and Community Group Sustainability Reports 2015, 2016, 20176/18